A Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame board member notified Kathleen Lambert, a former 512th Airlift Wing reservist, of her selection into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame on Aug. 3.
Lambert, a retired senior master sergeant formerly assigned to the 326th Airlift Squadron as a loadmaster, is scheduled for induction into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame on Nov. 3 at the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall during an Honors Banquet.
She is one of six honorees including Thomas Carper, George Hebbel, David Henderson, Gerard Van Dyk and Franklin Wooten. Profiles of each of these individuals will soon join the
ranks of the state's 109 inductees listed at dahf.org.
Lambert’s last flight as a loadmaster touched down June 27, 2016, culminating a 33-year career in the Air Force Reserve. The Delaware resident logged more than 11,407 flight hours throughout 27 years of flying while assigned to Dover Air Force Base.
As a loadmaster in the 1990s, Lambert circled the globe in support of peace and wartime missions. She was responsible for properly loading, securing and caring for cargo and passengers, ensuring proper weight and balance distribution on the aircraft.
Throughout her military career, she flew on two types of cargo aircraft, spending a total of 8,445.7 hours in flight on a C-5 and amassed 3,148.9 flight hours in the C-17.
She was mobilized in the 1990s for two years in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She repeatedly flew in and out of war zones with mixed aircrews comprised of active-duty and reserve members. Lambert has 680.5 combat hours and 191.1 combat support hours.
As a third generation service member, Lambert has flown in support of every major military operation from 1989 to 2016, including operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She has traveled to 66 countries and territories.
Lambert received recognition from Air Force Reserve Command for sustaining 10,000 mishap-free flying hours in 2012, an accomplishment bestowed to very few aircrew. She was one of six 512th AW members who had logged 10,000 flying hours since 2002 when the wing’s record keeping for this feat began, at the time of her retirement.
Lambert flew every hour as a reservist and every mission while assigned to Dover Air Force Base.